Chris Jones, Chief Executive, Welsh Water

Chris Jones was appointed Chief Executive of Welsh Water in 2013, having been Finance Director since its acquisition by Glas Cymru in May 2001. Glas Cymru is a not-for-profit company which was founded by Chris and Nigel Annett in April 2000 for the sole purpose of acquiring Welsh Water. The acquisition was financed by one of the largest UK bond issues ever seen, totaling some £1.9 billion. Glas Cymru is also a private sector company with no shareholders, so it is run solely for the benefit of its customers. To date, some £250 million of value has been returned to customers, including through ‘customer dividends’.

Chris is a former Non-Executive Director of The Principality Building Society and Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Previously, Chris was a Director in the London office of National Economic Research Associates (NERA). He began his career working for HM Treasury.

Chris joined the Prince’s Trust Cymru Advisory Council in 2009.

Alison Ward CBE, Chief Executive, Torfaen County Borough Council

After a further brief spell in private practice, Alison returned to West Glamorgan as a Child Care Lawyer and specialised in that area of law until Local Government Reorganisation. She joined Neath Port Talbot CBC as Assistant Director of Social Services and Housing where she acted as Social Inclusion Advisor to the WLGA. She joined Torfaen CBC in 2002 as Assistant Chief Executive (Customer Focus & Relationships) and was appointed as Chief Executive in November 2004.

Alison recently completed a seven year term as a Non Executive Director of the Institute of Customer Services. She is also a Council Member of the Prince’s Trust Wales, a Council Member of the national Canals and Rivers Trust and a founder member of the Welsh Public Services 2025 think tank.

Alison is also lead Chief Executive for the South East Wales Regional Partnership Board, which is responsible for co-ordinating collaboration for the ten local authorities making up the South East Wales region. She was Chair of SOLACE Wales in 2009/2010.

Alison is the secretary and chair of the Welsh Public Sector Employers Group and a member of the Welsh Government Workforce Partnership Council.

She was one of the founders of the Gwent Frailty Programme and chaired the programme board until implementation in April 2011. She is currently chairing a task and finish group piloting regional arrangements for tackling domestic violence in Gwent.

In the 2011 New Year Honours Alison was awarded the CBE for services to local government.

Peter Vaughan BSc (Hons), Dip.App.Crim., Chief Constable

Peter Vaughan joined South Wales Police in 1984, having achieved a BSc First Class (Management Science and Operations Research) from the University of Wales, Swansea. He holds a Diploma in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge gained as part of the Strategic Command Course. Peter was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in July 2009 and took up post on 1st January 2010. Nationally, he chairs the ACPO Acquisitive Crime Committee. Within Wales, he is a Council Member of the Prince’s Trust Cymru and Advisory Board Member of the BITC. He is a Trustee for the South Wales Police Youth Trust and also Chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board and Safer South Wales Group.

Peter Thomas

Peter has worked in the City for over 20 years with major Institutions such as: Barclays Bank, Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank. He was Global Head of technology Audit at Aon, responsible for over 57 countries.

He is currently a Partner of Aventa Capital Partners and also, the Chief Executive of its major delivery unit, Insight in Infrastructure, managing the delivery of one of the most innovative regeneration projects ever seen in Wales. Peter is also a director of FTR Moto, a leading manufacturer in the world of Motorcycle racing.

Russell James Harris QC

Russell James Harris was born in Pontlottyn and educated in Bargoed. He is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge where he read Economics.

He was called to the Bar in 1986 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. He is a Bencher and Trustee of Gray’s Inn and was appointed Special Advocate dealing with issues of national security by the Attorney General in 2005.

Russell specialises in public law and planning and environment work and was nominated as Environmental QC of the year in 2008 and 2013. In this role he often works closely with the Welsh and Westminster Governments.

He sits on the Board of the campaign for a Welsh Memorial in Flanders and on the Board of London Welsh RFC.

He coaches the WRU Exiles team and London Welsh under 10.

He is also a keen lobster potter, bass fisherman and boater.

Janet Jones

Janet Jones is the Welsh Policy Chair and also the South Wales Regional Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses. With some 10,000 members, the FSB is Wales’ largest business organisation drawing its membership from every sector of the Welsh economy. The FSB exists to promote and protect the interests of all who own and operate their own business.

Janet is married and helps to run the two family businesses along with her husband and two of her three sons. The family has an arable farm near Brecon and also run a renewable energy plant which is a recent diversification project for the family in the shape of an Anaerobic Digester from which they produce electricity which is being exported into the National Grid. She has been an active member of the FSB since 1998 and the Welsh Policy Chair for just over seven years. She has represented the FSB at many events and spoken at all the Welsh Party Political Conferences on several occasions and much of her time is spent promoting the needs of SMEs and ensuring the voice of business is heard.

Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Huw joined the Fire Service in 1990. He has worked in a variety of roles across all departments and in 2005, was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor. In 2005, Huw attained an MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio includes Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery lead on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management.
From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Risk Reduction lead on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety, Performance Management and Workforce Negotiations.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

John Lloyd-Jones

John Lloyd-Jones a Welsh speaker who was born in the Cardiganshire village of Llanddewi Brefi where his family has farmed for several generations.

He started his career with Ceredigion District Council in the finance department. Then in 1986, John joined HSBC.  After working at several local branches, John  moved to London where he worked in Private Banking, Treasury and Commercial banking for almost 10 years.

In 2002, he moved back to Wales as a commercial banker in the South Wales area before being moved to HSBC's regional office where he became the Regional Public Relations Manager in charge of Wales, South West England and Northern Ireland.

In 2011 John joined Grant Thornton as an Associate Director.

John is a longstanding member of The Prince’s Trust Cymru Development Committee.

Philip Hall, Site Director, Tillery Valley Foods

Philip was an Aeronautical Engineer with British Aerospace, who then gained a BSC in Management Sciences.

He then chose to pursue a career in the Food Industry. Philip joined RHM Plc as a graduate before moving onto Kerry Group, where he held numerous roles culminating in being appointed as General Manager of three Manufacturing Units. He then moved to Premier Foods where he had the pleasure of managing three Marks & Spencers cake factories as Operations Director.

Philip joined Sodexo in 2008 and looks after Tillery Valley Foods in Abertillery, Home Service in London, as well as Health & Safety and IS&T for 20 Healthcare sites.

Outside of work, his family take up most of his time and he is keen on tennis and sailing, although his son can now beat him at both!

He also sits on the Committee of Management for Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, is Chair of The Prince’s Trust Million Makers Committee and sits on a panel for the Bank of England.
Philip got involved with The Prince’s Trust approx 12 years ago and was a Business Mentor helping a number of young entrepreneurs successfully start up their own businesses.

Huw Morgan

Huw Morgan spent the greater part of his career with HSBC in a variety of different roles, both in the UK and abroad, and was latterly Head of Business Banking for the UK.

He now holds a number of Non Eexecutive Director roles with Gocompare, ICICI Bank UK plc and Finance Wales plc.

Huw also sits on a number of government boards, namely, the Financial and Professional Services Panel for Wales and the Cardiff Capital Enterprise Zone.

He is a member of the Development Advisory Board for Aberystwyth University, where he studied, and the Industrial Advisory Group at Cardiff University.

Huw is married with 3 children. He lives in Cardiff which gives him ample opportunity to watch and be involved in sports, and to enjoy the entertainment and culture this great city provides.

David Parry-Jones, Vice President Northern Europe, VMware Limited

As Regional Director for UK and Ireland, David Parry-Jones is responsible for driving VMware’s business strategy and growth across the region, helping its customers and partners accelerate their journey to the Software Defined Data centre and the cloud.

David is originally from Anglesey in North Wales but his parents moved to Saudi Arabia in 1976. He attended boarding school at Rydal in Colwyn Bay, before studying Physics at UCNW in Bangor and attaining a postgraduate qualification in teaching. He then left Wales to work in the North Sea doing Seismic Surveys.

David joined VMware in 2012 from Microsoft where he held a number of senior leadership roles. With a successful career in IT spanning two decades, he also worked at BT, Omnibus Systems, Lazy Software, VerticalNet and Lotus Development/IBM.

He now lives in Ascot, Berkshire with his wife Clare, who also works in IT for Computacenter, and his two children Bryn (13) and Eve (11). His hobbies include rugby (watching now), cycling and cooking for the family. He also has a holiday place on the coast near St David’s in Pembrokeshire and loves his time there. His parents are now back from Saudi and have retired back to the family home in Llandegfan.

Jemma Terry, Managing Partner, Wales Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Jemma is Managing Partner and founder of the Cardiff office and team, covering the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors. She delivers Executive, Non Executive and senior management recruitment assignments across all functions from general management roles to highly specialist technical, clinical and engineering positions.

She has delivered roles in the oublic and third sectors within Health, local and central government, housing, education, arts and charities. In the private sector, she has worked with clients within professional and financial services, consumer & industrial manufacturing and engineering, technology, media and leisure and tourism.

Jemma is also a Director of the Cardiff Business Club; Chair of the Prince’s Trust Development Committee for Wales; a Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire, where she was born and raised.

Jemma has been a Search Consultant for 15 years. She began her career in Search with The Peachell Group, a boutique search firm, before joining Korn/Ferry where she was a Senior Consultant in the Consumer and Industrial Practice. Prior to joining Odgers, Jemma was Head of the Consumer and Industrial Practice at Harvey Nash Executive Search.

Jemma's previous career includes Marks and Spencer. She was fast-tracked through the graduate management programme before assuming commercial, operational and general management roles in flagship stores as well as in Head Office supply chain and technology teams. Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science and French with subsidiary Maths and Spanish. She is a graduate of one of France's celebrated grandes ecoles business management schools - L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.